1195312_metal_type_from_letterpress_4“I chime in, ‘Yeah, he printed them using a brand-new typeface, made by a designer named Griffo Gerritszoon. It was awesome. Nobody has ever seen anything like it, and it’s still basically the most famous typeface ever. Every Mac comes preinstalled with Gerritszoon.’ But not Gerritszoon Display. That, you have to steal.” –Clay Jannon, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

According to a Barnes and Noble book review written by Heller McAlpin:

“[Sloan] works similar magic [of believability and charm] with a fictional fifteenth-century font he calls Gerritszoon, named after Griffo Gerritszoon, a colleague of the actual Venetian publisher and Aldus Manutiusprinter, Aldus Manutius, who in real life commissioned Francesco Griffo to cut the first slanted italic type. Clay maintains that Gerritszoon, the typeface featured in all the massive, leather-bound tomes shelved three storeys high in Mr. Penumbra’s bookshop, is still widely used today, preloaded on various e-readers and computers.”

For more on the historical Aldus Manutius and his influence on printing, publishing, and typography check out this book:

Aldus & His Dream Book: An Illustrated Essay

Aldus & His Dream Book: An Illustrated Essay by Hellen Baralin
“Aldus and His Dream Book” is a tribute to the life and work of the pioneering scholar-publisher, Aldus Manutius (1449/50-1515). Helen Barolini’s text discusses Aldus, his education, his publishing vision, his typographic innovations, and his famous Venetian press. At the same time, this book reproduces all the illustrations, and many of the full pages, from the Aldine press edition of Francesco Colonna’s “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili,” which many consider the most beautiful book printed in the Renaissance. It also includes a bibliography of works on Aldus and the “Hypnerotomachia.” This edition is certain to appeal to the historian, bibliophile, art historian, designer, and student of the many psychologically rich and emblematic illustrations that have delighted and intrigued generations of readers and scholars. The third printing completely resets the text, using digital typefaces that approximate the original even more closely, offers newly reproduced images of the art pages, and includes an updated Bibliography. (A Goodreads.com Book Synopsis).
Or check out some of these websites on Aldus Manutius:
A short biography from the University of Manchester’s Library: http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/firstimpressions/Pioneers-of-Print/Aldus-Manutius/
The Encyclopedia Britannica also contains some entries that mention Francesco Griffo: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/246112/Francesco-Griffo


For Readers Who Are Real-World Lovers of Typography, Here Are Some Great Resources:

The Inkbot Design blog has a page of quotes about typography: http://inkbotdesign.com/2012/08/typography-quotes/

Richard Weston Graphic Designer Quote Ellen Lupton Typography Quotes


ilovetypography (2)The I Love Typography blog was launched on August 7, 2007 because the creator John Boardley has “a passion for typography, type design, and lettering, and for the words born of those disciplines” and has a desire to share that passion with others. It contains a wealth of articles for lovers of typography: http://ilovetypography.com/

The creator of the I Love Typography blog also produces a magazine entitled Codex: A Journal of Letterforms: http://codexmag.com/


Thinking with TypeThe Thinking with Type book by Ellen Lupton and the companion website: http://www.thinkingwithtype.com/ both contain a wealth of information on typography.

Praise for the book:

“Type is the foundation of print and web design. Everything you need to know about thinking with type, you will find here. This richly detailed update to the classic text belongs on the shelf of every designer, writer, editor, publisher, and client.-Jefferey Zeldman

“This beautifully designed book on understanding typography Fills A Big Void. It enables the reader to grasp the principles of typography through inspiring examples with warm, straightforward explanations-Paula Scher-


Goodreads.com contains an extensive list of popular typography books. Check it out here: http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/typography


The renowned Helvetica (documentary):helvetica

Product Description from Amazon.com: Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type.


typographica website screencaptureTypographica is a website that contains Type Reviews, Book Reviews, and Commentary: http://typographica.org/


Typedia website - a shared encyclopedia of typefacesTypedia is a shared encyclopedia of typefaces – a resource to classify, categorize, and connect typefaces: http://typedia.com/


How Design online has a great article entitled  42 Typographic Resources for Designers by Dr. Shelley Gruendler posted on July 25, 2011: http://www.howdesign.com/how-magazine/how-july-2011/type-resources/


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